Christopher Knight, Art Critic

Survey of Agnes Martin's powerful yet meditative work draws a straight, vibrant line to Zen

A survey of abstract paintings and paper work by Agnes Martin at LACMA charts the artist's blossoming awareness

SFMOMA's expansion offers a deep dive into blue-chip artists' works

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art's expansion has a lot of art by a few big names such as Andy Warhol, Richard Serra, Alexander Calder.

Marilyn Minter's 'Pretty/Dirty' show allures and repulses all at the same time

New York-based artist's exhausting visuals at the Orange County Museum of Art are as shamelessly captivating as a car wreck

Roman floor mosaics with violent scenes pack a punch at Getty Villa

A small collection of Roman floor mosaics at the Getty Villa has stunning scenes of violence and triumph.

'Helen Lundeberg: A Retrospective' downplays the painter's key early works

The life of Helen Lundeberg spanned the 20th century, almost exactly. In the first full-scale retrospective exhibition of paintings by the Los Angeles artist,

LACMA and Getty's impressive Robert Mapplethorpe exhibit reveals Andy Warhol's lasting influence

Without classic 1960s Pop art, especially Andy Warhol's, there would be no Robert Mapplethorpe photographs as we know them from the 1970s and 1980s.

The radical and politically potent opening show at DTLA's new Hauser Wirth & Schimmel

New Hauser Wirth & Schimmel gallery's spacious facility hosts 'Revolution in the Making: Abstract Sculpture by Women 1947-2016'

See how Japanese American photography from 1920-1940 is still 'Making Waves'

A great American art movement is rediscovered in "Making Waves: Japanese American Photography, 1920-1940" at JANM.

How Robert Mapplethorpe went from America's pariah to America's sweetheart

"Robert Mapplethorpe: The Perfect Medium" at the J. Paul Getty Museum and Los Angeles County Museum of Art is a thorough examination.

Identity transformed in the Fowler's 'Disguise: Masks and Global African Art'

'Disguise: Masks and Global African Art' at the Fowler Museum adds a dynamic, modern touch to an ancient, cross-cultural tradition.

Surprises abound in the illuminating 'Leap Before You Look' at UCLA's Hammer Museum

'Leap Before You Look' at UCLA's Hammer Museum offers a fascinating look at Black Mountain College, which had a profound influence on the emergence of the midcentury American avant garde.

Getty purchases Gentileschi's radiant 'Danaë,' now owns 2 of 3 paintings in a set

The J. Paul Getty Museum purchases Gentileschi's Baroque masterpiece "Danae," now owns 2 of 3 paintings in a set.

'Jackson Pollock: Blind Spots,' in Dallas, is exciting and enlightening

Dallas Museum of Art's "Jackson Pollock: Blind Spots," focused on the artist's "black paintings," impresses Christopher Knight.

The Kimbell captures 'Painter's Eye,' but it can't elevate Caillebotte

Christopher Knight reviews the Kimbell's 'Gustave Caillebotte: The Painter's Eye' and finds the artist's works mostly tepid.

Keiko Fukazawa's 'Made in China' show employs ceramics to make the personal political

Keiko Fukazawa's ceramic assisted readymades touch on politics, history and her outsider perspective

Around the Galleries: Matt Wedel's 'Peaceable Fruit' ceramics have a hint of fiery apocalypse

Matt Wedel's ceramics at L.A. Louver, Doug Ohlson's paintings at Louis Stern and Genevieve Gaignard's installation are reviewed.

Alex Israel spells everything out at the Huntington

"Alex Israel at the Huntington," a seven-month exhibition at the Huntington Library, is simplistic and shallow.

'UH-OH: Frances Stark, 1991-2015' at Hammer Museum is an enthralling midcareer survey

"UH-OH: Frances Stark, 1991-2015" at Hammer Museum is an enthralling midcareer survey.

Bill Cosby art collection: How the National Museum of African Art shot itself in the foot

National Museum of African Art, showing works from Bill Cosby's art collection in 'Conversations,' hurts itself.

'Woven Gold: Tapestries of Louis XIV': Splendid pomp and circumstance at the Getty

The power of the French monarchy is on full display in 'Woven Gold: Tapestries of Louis XIV' at the Getty Museum, with designs after Raphael, Giulio Romano, Peter Paul Rubens, Simon Vouet, Charles Le Brun and others.

Propaganda is here to stay. Is there a museum willing to tackle its complexity?

L.A. Times art critic Christopher Knight reflects on how propaganda has taken unprecedented forms in 2015.

'Rain Room,' technology's hot-ticket riff on Mother Nature

The immersive LACMA exhibit takes visitors inside a downpour for a mostly dry experience that's already a massive hit.

The 10 best art exhibitions at L.A. museums in 2015

The 10 best art exhibitions at L.A. museums in 2015 include "Charles Gaines: Gridwork 1974-1989" at Hammer Museum and the Broad's debut.

'Hard Edged' art at California African American Museum widens perception of black artists' work

"Hard Edged: Geometrical Abstraction and Beyond" at the California African American Museum shifts frame of reference for black artists

'Jim Shaw: The End Is Here' taps public's id in a weird, humorous way

Part political cartoon, part surreal history lesson, Jim Shaw's 'The End Is Here' show at N.Y.'s New Museum encapsulates almost 40 years of conclusions

A chilling portrait of Germany's Weimar era emerges in 'New Objectivity' at LACMA

LACMA exhibits German art of the Weimar era in "New Objectivity," a show that might chill you to the core. A review.

Matthew Barney's 'River of Fundament'? Well, it's certainly big

Matthew Barney's operatic film "River of Fundament" is shown at MOCA with related sculptures. It's sprawling and messy. A review.

An early look in the Broad museum reveals a show that doesn't quite gel

At the Broad museum in downtown Los Angeles, many works are superlative but the inaugural show doesn't gel.

'Paintings of Moholy-Nagy' gives only a taste of the artist's eclectic body of work

Santa Barbara Museum of Art's modest show on Laszlo Moholy-Nagy is largely a sketch of his artistic philosophy.

Museums' disturbing transformation: relentless commercialization

As museums lose funding, some like LACMA, MOCA and De Young Museum are turning to the commercial world for lucrative help.

Charles Ray's sculptures cast a forceful modern eye on antiquity

'Charles Ray: Sculpture, 1997-2014' at the Art Institute of Chicago is an outstanding survey of the L.A.-based sculptor.

Images of Muhammad and a Texas cartoon show's sketchy purpose

Muhammad Art Exhibit & Contest in Texas is one of those moments in which there's no one to root for, Christopher Knight writes.

LACMA landed Kirchner's 'Dancer With Necklace' through skill, happenstance

Ernst Ludwig Kirchner's 'Dancer With Necklace' is a standout in '50 for 50' at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Chris Burden's 'Ode to Santos Dumont' inspires wonder, delight

Chris Burden's remarkable "Ode to Santos Dumont" is an ethereal sculptural poem to disembodied flight; Christopher Knight reviews.

William Pope.L sets the U.S. flag waving at the MOCA/Geffen

William Pope.L's work at the MOCA/Geffen is dominated by "Trinket," an enormous, billowing U.S. flag meant to make viewers think.

Making photos, not taking them; the distinction in 'Perfect Likeness'

"Perfect Likeness," at the UCLA Hammer Museum, looks at the work of photographers whose manipulations make statements.

'Someday Is Now' reflects influence of the '60s and Warhol on artist Sister Corita

The work of Sister Corita, a nun and activist, edges on Pop art, but her humanism went deeper than the Warhol influences

'Junk Dada' assembles Noah Purifoy's overlooked, pivotal works

Noah Purifoy's important assemblages, begun after the Watts riots and stretching past 9/11, redefined and enlarged the idea of black consciousness

Caitlyn Jenner's courage is bold, Annie Leibovitz's portrait cliched

Caitlyn Jenner's Vanity Fair cover photograph by Annie Leibovitz is cliched, a missed opportunity, Christopher Knight writes.

'Sculpture in the Age of Donatello' shows artist's competitive spirit

'Sculpture in the Age of Donatello: Renaissance Masterpieces From Florence Cathedral' at the Museum of Biblical Art captures rivalry.

LACMA's 'Space Sculpture' shot from center stage to oblivion

The gleaming 'Space Sculpture' greeted LACMA visitors when the museum opened in 1965, but Norbert Kricke's work is long forgotten.

New book 'Out of Sight' gives L.A.'s '60s art scene the respect its due

In 'Out of Sight,' William Hackman takes a worthwhile look at the L.A. art scene in the 1960s but repeats some outdated established ideas.

Santa Barbara's 'Botticelli, Titian and Beyond' a quirky gem

Santa Barbara Museum of Art's 'Botticelli, Titian and Beyond' a compelling look at Italian painting by way of Glasgow.

At new Whitney Museum site, a show is shrouded in parochialism

New Whitney Museum of American Art has a friendly design, but its show "America Is Hard to See" reflects a parochialism; review.

LACMA's Michael Govan finds great character in museum's collection

Michael Govan, director of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, reflects on a collection that keeps growing, 50 years on.

The Mosul Museum video from Islamic State could be a staged drama

A video said to show Islamic State militants destroying artifacts in Mosul Museum in Iraq could be a staged drama

LACMA purchases long-lost masterpiece, once kept under a couch

LACMA's acquisition of Miguel Cabrera's casta painting 'From Spaniard and Morisca, Albino' is an art world coup.

J.M.W. Turner exhibit at J. Paul Getty Museum tosses convention

J. Paul Getty Museum's exhibit 'J.M.W. Turner: Painting Set Free' shows him capturing his era's subjects and pressing ideas.

'Apparitions' at the Hammer explores low-tech art in a high-tech world

"Apparitions," at the UCLA Hammer, explores the embrace of the low-tech art technique frottage in a high-tech world.

Getty's Josef Koudelka retrospective is grim yet riveting

'Josef Koudelka: Nationality Doubtful' at the Getty Museum is a grim yet compelling photography retrospective

Hammer's 'Gridwork' plots Charles Gaines' captivating process

'Charles Gaines: Gridwork 1974-1989' at the Hammer Museum a deep dive into conceptual artist's template.

Museum admission should be free: The state of art in 2014

It is time for more Los Angeles art museums to follow the Getty Museum and Hammer Museum and have free admission

Artist Brian Weil's work focuses on a 'World' few ever see

Traveling retrospective at Santa Monica Museum of Art presents visually compelling, sometimes gritty images from society's margins

At satire's forefront, cartoons press against hard lines

Authoritarianism and cartooning are oil and water. Strict commitment to irreducible doctrine is an irresistible target for a cartoonist.

Delacroix's 'Greece on the Ruins of Missolonghi' as a rallying cry

Eugene Delacroix's "Greece on the Ruins of Missolonghi" is part of an incisive show at Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Review.

Christopher Knight's best art shows of 2014

The 10 best shows at Los Angeles art museums in 2014 include ones at Getty, MOCA and LACMA

Warm spots in Pierre Huyghe's often chilly Conceptualism at LACMA

A retrospective of French Conceptual artist Pierre Huyghe turns the Los Angeles County Museum of Art into a mammoth vivarium.

Plans for a new LACMA seem to be aligning, but first some questions

A new Los Angeles County Museum of Art? Much looks promising, but much is also unresolved.

The shock, critique, theatricality of '80s art, on view in Fort Worth

The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth's "Urban Theater" exhibition revisits art of the 1980s. Christopher Knight reviews.

Wonders unfurl at Getty, Met tapestry shows on Rubens, Coecke

Tapestry exhibitions at the Met and the Getty reveal the genius of Pieter Coecke van Aelst and Peter Paul Rubens.

Loss permeates Jim Hodges' art; prepare for heartbreak

Sculptor Jim Hodges sifts through art history, the AIDS pandemic and social interaction: 25 years of work on view at the Hammer.

'@Large: Ai Weiwei on Alcatraz' a powerful meditation on repression

'@Large: Ai Weiwei on Alcatraz' is a poignant, powerful meditation on soul-deadening repressions of human thought and feeling.

Alas, mere 'Shadows' in MOCA's Andy Warhol exhibit

The overblown installation of 102 lifeless canvases in monochrome ranks among the Pop artist's worst works — even its creator was unimpressed, calling it 'disco decor'

Minor White snaps into focus again in Getty Museum show

Review: Minor White snaps into focus again in Getty Museum show

Pollock's stellar 'Lucifer' and impressive Anderson Collection

Featuring Jackson Pollock's "Lucifer," the Anderson Collection at Stanford University impresses critic Christopher Knight. Review.

Los Angeles' art world is bigger and wider

The art world's center of gravity in Los Angeles is no longer confined to the Westside

Object lessons at Torrance Art Museum's 'Another Thing Coming'

'Another Thing Coming: New Sculpture in L.A.' at the Torrance Art Museum finds that object-sculpture is alive and well.

LACMA's 'Marsden Hartley' show a moving study of German years

LACMA's magnificent 'Marsden Hartley: The German Paintings, 1913-1915' a vivid and touching exploration of artist's breakthrough.

Huntington's new gallery rooms show promise

Huntington's new rooms in Virginia Steele Scott Galleries of American Art include work by Arthur Dove, Robert Seldon Duncanson.

LACMA exhibit on John Altoon shows his jazzy, seductive touch

Review: A LACMA exhibit of works by John Altoon, a '60s California artist, features abstraction and jazz-influenced sexuality.

LACMA's 'Expressionism in Germany and France' an edifying mix

In scholarly and absorbing detail, LACMA explores Expressionism's beginnings and Germany's close identification with the form.

MOCA's latest challenge: a practically blank exhibition schedule

The empty exhibition schedule threatens to interrupt MOCA's recovery after years of upheaval.

Review: 'Tea and Morphine' a potent mix

Art Review: The Hammer Museum print exhibit "Tea and Morphine: Women in Paris" reveals the lot of disenfranchised women in

Surveying Francesco Vezzoli's shrewd, movie-mad work at MOCA

In "Cinema Vezzoli," a survey of movie-mad work by Francesco Vezzoli at the Museum of Contemporary Art, too much is just right.

LACMA's lovely show on Korea in a time of transformation

At Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the large and lovely "Treasures From Korea" surveys the transformative Joseon Dynasty.

What is an artist? Peter Plagens' 'Bruce Nauman' illuminates

Peter Plagens' 'Bruce Nauman: The True Artist' is a compelling meditation by one artist on the enormous influence of another.

Art review: 'Floral Journey' at Autry shows beadwork with deep meaning

Art review: The exquisite beadwork in 'Floral Journey' at Autry National Center has messages about the beliefs, struggles of Native Americans.

Review: Santa Barbara Museum of Art makes room for Stuart and Aycock

Art review: New York-based artists Michelle Stuart and Alice Aycock meet auspiciously at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art.

Review: The Getty's 'Canterbury' a potent mark of medieval art

Art review: The Canterbury Cathedral's stained-glass windows and the St. Albans Psalter are on vivid display at the Getty.

Art review: Adam Silverman's 'Clay and Space' is vessel for inquiry

Art review: Adam Silverman collapses clay pots and buildings in 'Clay and Space,' a provocative installation at Laguna Art Museum.

Review: 'Take It or Leave It' reflects time of choice in the '80s

Art review: Jam-packed 'Take It of Leave It' exhibit at UCLA focuses on two genres from '80s: appropriation art and pieces that challenged the establishment.

Review: Mike Kelley retrospective resonates at MOCA

Art review: The wide open spaces of MOCA's Geffen Contemporary help underscore the ricocheting resonance of Mike Kelley's art.

Walking among saints and sinners at Fowler Museum

Review: 'Sinful Saints and Saintly Sinners at the Margins of the Americas' at the UCLA Fowler Museum looks at mythic figures.

Review: Rapt in Byzantine gold at Getty Villa's 'Heaven and Earth'

Art review: Getty Villa's 'Heaven and Earth: Art of Byzantium from Greek Collections' a shining union of the earthly and divine.

New MOCA director Philippe Vergne prompts cautious optimism

Critic's Notebook: The stakes are high for both MOCA and Philippe Vergne as the new director's background comes more into focus.

Some like it not: Grotesque 'Forever Marilyn' leaving Palm Springs

J. Seward Johnson's 'Forever Marilyn' in Palm Springs was meant to honor Marilyn Monroe, but the ham-handed sculpture dehumanizes her. It will be displayed at Grounds for Sculpture in New Jersey.

Spring arts 2014: Art

L.A. Times art critic Christopher Knight's picks include Buddhist art at Norton Simon, Mike Kelley at Geffen Contemporary.

Mike Kelley's riveting adolescent stage

Critic's Notebook: The late Mike Kelley, whose retrospective heads to MOCA, gives the storm and stress of adolescence its due.

Rebirth of Jackson Pollock's 'Mural'

Critic's Notebook: Jackson Pollock's "Mural" is the focus of a Getty exhibition opening Tuesday

Review: Alfredo Ramos Martínez, champion of ordinary people, revisited

Art review: Alfredo Ramos Martínez at Pasadena Museum of California Art. Giving the Everyman an Art Deco nobility.

George W. Bush tries to paint over a failed presidency

Notes on the Year: Former President George W. Bush's attempts to brush aside history by creating portraits of cats and landscapes aren't working.

LACMA's Abstract Classicism tribute: Just call it 'hard-edge'

Critic's Notebook: Hard-edge vs. Abstract Classicism? For LACMA's 'Four Abstract Classicists,' only one term hits right the note.

Review: LACMA's 'Calder and Abstraction' a wonder of curved space

Art review: Marvel at how lines bend, edges arc and shapes bow in the hands of Alexander Calder at a beautiful LACMA show.

Best of 2013: Christopher Knight picks Charles Reiffel, John Divola

Charles Reiffel, Laura Owens, Lari Pittman, James Turrell, Forrest Bess, John Divola, Richard Diebenkorn and more.

Review: '#sweetjane' fuses art, a horrific crime to powerful effect

Andrea Bowers' '#sweetjane' installation at Pomona and Pitzer college galleries goes beyond a rape in Steubenville, Ohio, to examine social mores, media and victimization in a digital age.

The Cézanne paintings' escape to safety

How did some Cézanne paintings that made their way to the U.S. escape the Nazi plunder that captured a Bernardo Strozzi work? Christopher Knight writes.

Review: 'Richard Diebenkorn: The Berkeley Years' proves absorbing

Art Review: "Richard Diebenkorn: The Berkeley Years, 1953-1966" is a lovely and engrossing show at the Palm Springs Art Museum. Christopher Knight reviews.

Review: Museo Jumex in Mexico City is an impressive filter

Museo Jumex art review: Four impressive exhibitions show that the new museum in Mexico City for contemporary art is heading in the right direction.

Recovered Nazi-looted painting on view at LACMA

LACMA's former public affairs director makes gift of returned Baroque-era masterpiece by Bernardo Strozzi valued at $3 million.

Art preview: An ancient 'bill of human rights' at the Getty Villa

The Cyrus Cylinder display at the Getty Villa is among SoCal events that also include exhibits on Renaissance paintings, John Divola and Southern artists.

Review: Powerful 'Extreme Measures' is in moment with Chris Burden

'Chris Burden: Extreme Measures' art review: Retrospective at the New Museum needs only small sampling to show artist's deep influence.

Review: A fine introduction to Sam Francis' Abstract Expressionism

Art Review: 'Sam Francis: Five Decades of Abstract Expressionism from California Collections' at Pasadena Museum of California Art impresses.

Review: The Hammer's Forrest Bess retrospective a commanding vision

Art review: The Hammer's 'Forrest Bess: Seeing Things Invisible' marks the West Coast's first major focus on the Texas artist.

Review: David Hockney takes a drive through art history

Review: Tim Youd's 'Post Office' is Bukowski to the letter

Art review: Tim Youd's downtown performance art "Post Office" is an irony-steeped exercise in endurance, as he re-types Bukowski's first book on a single battered page.

Lift the veil from the Nazi art cache

Critic's Notebook: Secrecy by the German authorities must end over the newly found trove of major artwork missing since Nazi era.

Santa Monica bid to remove Paul Conrad's 'Chain Reaction' nonsensical

Critic's Notebook: Safety concerns over Paul Conrad's 'Chain Reaction' have been debunked, so why the Santa Monica push to dismantle?

Art review: Huntington's 'Face to Face' reflects deeply on Renaissance

Art review: 'Face to Face' at the Huntington is a small, illuminating exhibit that highlights the importance of travel and trade between Florence, Italy, and other European countries on art.

MOCA and director Jeffrey Deitch as an oil-and-water mix

Museum of Contemporary Art director Jeffrey Deitch's seemingly imminent exit has never been a matter of "if" but of "when," Christopher Knight writes.

Review: A modern Silk Road passes through OCMA's Pacific Rim show

Asia powerfully interacts with the Americas, rather than just Europe, in the Orange County Museum of Art's California-Pacific Triennial.

Zumthor's LACMA design has potential, but think of the factory model

Critic's Notebook: As architect Peter Zumthor's LACMA plan is debated, look at what spaces have made for first-rate art museum buildings.

Andy Warhol's 'Jackie' works were his 'Guernica'

As Pablo Picasso's 'Guernica' responded to a Spanish tragedy, Andy Warhol's 'Jackie' addressed an American one, albeit differently.

Chasing the White House Cezannes

Eighty-five years ago, eight Cezanne paintings were bequeathed to the White House. Yet Charles A. Loeser's gift has been hidden, often in plain sight.

Hang-ups in Cezanne paintings' intended path to the White House

Charles A. Loeser intended eight Cezanne paintings to adorn the White House. The terms of his 1928 will remain unfulfilled. Christopher Knight comments.

Review: Hans Richter's radical revision of time and space at LACMA

Albrecht Dürer's 'Turf' church

Critic's Notebook: Art and nature are joined in equal measure in Albrecht Dürer's magnificent 'Great Piece of Turf,' on display in Washington, D.C.

Critic's Notebook: Seeing L.A.'s MOCA as a company — therein lies the rub

Officials at Los Angeles' Museum of Contemporary Art seem to think that changing the art program will fix the business plan. They're wrong, writes Los Angeles Times Art Critic Christopher Knight.

Critic's notebook: John Anderson sheds new light on Barnes' bad move

Barnes Foundation: John Anderson's new epilogue for 'Art Held Hostage' points a damning finger. Neil L. Rudenstine's 'The House of Barnes' illuminates little.

Review: It takes real drive to see 3-part John Divola retrospective

Art review: John Divola's photographs are challenging and astute. But a divided retrospective makes viewing difficult.

Review: 'Painting in Place' flings open conceptual abstraction doors

'Painting in Place,' LAND's scruffy and ambitious show at the old Farmers & Merchants Bank downtown, reveals the wide world of conceptual abstraction.

UCLA Hammer Museum embraces free admission, and it has company

UCLA Hammer Museum director Ann Philbin announces that free admission will kick into place in February, and Christopher Knight hopes a trend is afoot.

Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A., 1945-1980

Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A., 1945-1980 explores the largely untold story of art in Los Angeles between World War II and the 1980s.

Review: Richard Artschwager a success in any dimension at Hammer

Richard Artschwager art review: He is the rare artist adept at paintings and sculptures, as traveling retrospective at the UCLA Hammer Museum shows.

In art as in music, John Cage reveals the world within

Critic's Notebook: John Cage's art may not rise to the level of his compositions, but the same seeking spirit is at work, soon to be on view in Pomona.

'Phantom Sightings' at LACMA

Critic's Notebook: LeRoy Neiman made art safe for Playboy-reading heterosexuals

Painter LeRoy Neiman, who died last week at 91, played a key role in helping Hugh Hefner push his 'Playboy Philosophy' on a culture steeped in Puritan values.

LACMA, MOCA fall behind in giving female artists a solo platform

Critic's Notebook: It's a shame that men far outnumber women when it comes to solo exhibitions at LACMA and MOCA; the same is true with the Getty's photography shows.

Christ on the cross: a violent image as an act of commiseration

The Isenheim Altarpiece is shocking yet comforting. As violent movies and video games are taken to task, an art critic considers images' many powers.

MOCA's 'Art in the Streets' gets the big picture wrong

The Museum of Contemporary Art's street art exhibition overflows with repetition while spreading a mythic tale about New York graffiti's cultural influence, mostly ignoring Los Angeles' contribution.

Art review: The light through James Turrell's eyes


Review: LACMA's new hunk 'Levitated Mass' has some substance

The attention given to Michael Heizer's 'Levitated Mass' at LACMA has many anticipating a masterpiece or a fiasco. But it's not that simple.

Critic's Notebook: A new life for the Broad Collection

Now that the collection is going public, Eli Broad should seize the opportunity to create a truly welcoming artistic environment in downtown L.A.

Pacific Standard Time: Open your eyes to John McLaughlin

John McLaughlin is the forerunner of much of L.A.'s best art. Some of his work is in "Crosscurrents in L.A. Painting and Sculpture" at the Getty, though he warrants a major solo retrospective.

Richard Artschwager dies at 89; painter and sculptor

Richard Artschwager took a distinctive approach to making sculptures and paintings that defy easy categorization.

L.A.'s growing pains, status

Critic’s notebook: The Getty Trust presidency needs to be abolished

The Getty Museum directorship has become a revolving door, since the director has responsibility without authority.

Peter Saul at the Orange County Museum of Art

Luc Tuymans: Don't take his images at face value

Museum deaccessioning done right

Critic's Notebook: MOCA's firing of Paul Schimmel is a bad sign

Curator Paul Schimmel was key in building MOCA's reputation. That he was dumped by the trustees (and informed by Eli Broad) is troubling.

'Wifredo Lam' at the Museum of Latin American Art

Belgian artist Alÿs reinvents a saint at LACMA

Under the gun is no way to view art

A renovated Huntington Art Gallery

Jorge Pardo's Pre-Columbian art installation at LACMA

John McCracken dies at 76; contemporary artist made geometric sculptures

John McCracken, an artist whose fusion of painting with geometric sculpture in the mid-1960s came to embody an aesthetic distinctive to postwar Los Angeles, died Friday in New York.

'The Cool School'

Kenneth Price dies at 77; artist transformed traditional ceramics

Ceramics artist Kenneth Price, whose work with glazed and painted clay transformed traditional ceramics while also expanding orthodox definitions of American and European sculpture, died Friday in Taos, N.M.

'Giorgio Morandi: 1890-1964'


Charles Burchfield: A master of American Modernist watercolor

An open letter to MOCA's board of trustees

'Pacific Standard Time': Exhibitions to keep an eye on

A guide to some of the more intriguing shows under the 'Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A.' multi-museum umbrella in Southern California.

A portal to the new Berlin

Inauguration ushers in new hope for National Mall

Kandinsky retrospective is natural for Guggenheim

'Martin Kersels: Heavyweight Champion'

America's Maul

Kippenberger retrospective at MOCA

Bernini's genius is revealed in Getty exhibition

'Vanity Fair Portraits' at LACMA

With new space, Seattle Art Museum expands its vision

Kori Newkirk at Museum of California Art

Carleton Watkins on the frontier of U.S. photography

Can a museum -- even MOCA -- contain this work?

Marlene Dumas subject of MOCA retrospective

Jennifer Steinkamp dazzles at ACME

Classic paint jobs

Why this actor's art shouldn't be at LACMA

'Masterpieces of San Diego Painting'

Mark Tribe's Port Huron Project via Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions

Dike Blair at Mary Goldman Gallery

Artist mixed paint, sculpture, cast-offs